Extreme tiredness in UK workplaces causing employees to nap on the job

Extreme tiredness in UK workplaces causing employees to nap on the job

British employees have resorted to napping at work due to extreme tiredness, a worrying new report had found.

Health and wellbeing provider Westfield Health has found over one in ten (11%) working brits have purposefully taken a nap at work, and over a third (34%) say their mental wellbeing is reduced due to tiredness and fatigue.

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Almost half of those polled (46%) said they regularly turn up to their jobs feeling too tired to work and more than a third (37%) say they tend to be more forgetful and make errors because of tiredness.

Richard Holmes, Director of Wellbeing at Westfield Health, said it is concerning to see how fatigue is impacting the working population. “It’s not just being overworked and lack of sleep that can cause us to feel fatigued,” he added.

“Extreme tiredness happens as a result of a number of factors including mental health and diet.”

And this fatigue is causing serious detrimental effects in the workplace, even in industries where this represents an obvious danger. For example, almost a quarter (23%) of employees in the construction industry and 28% in the manufacturing industry have drifted to sleep whilst working.

More seriously, three in ten (30%) have had an accident, made a serious mistake or felt exceptionally stressed at work due to fatigue. Individual respondents of the survey described trapping their hand in a machine due to fatigue, resulting in a disability, having an accident during a 66-hour week which resulted in a three-day coma and irrationally getting angry at a colleague and firing them unduly.

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Holmes warned that these are issue that employers and line managers should not overlook. “Employers need to ensure there are clear health and safety regulations in place around fatigue, especially in industries that require high levels of concentration,” he said.

“The importance of rest time both at work and at home should be taken seriously and encouraged by employers, and fatigue should be considered just as important as any other physical injury or illness.”

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Comments (1)

  • Hannah Charman
    Hannah Charman
    Tue, 5 Feb 2019 11:59am GMT
    Unfortunately this is becoming an increasing problem as our lives get busier. Many employees don’t only have their own health issues to contend with. More and more find themselves up several times each night to care for young children or elderly parents. Those caring for elderly relatives often are not entitled to any benefits or care support and have to continue for years. I’m getting a lot of patients in my practice with chronic exhaustion and burnout and fortunately I’m usually able to help them to feel better despite their circumstances.

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